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Africa in the Changing Global Order: Does African Agency Matter in Global Politics?


The multipolarization of the international system and the rise of nations from the global South opened new avenues for Africa and increased its role in global politics. Power dynamics in a multipolar world put forward the concept of agency in the international relations discourse, yet, bounded in the African context. This paper analyses Africa’s position in contemporary geopolitical and economic affairs, focusing on African agency and its role played in multilateral negotiations.  It demonstrates an emergence of African agency in the multilateral fora in the domains of peace, security, climate change, and in shaping the global normative framework. The paper examines the questions on how African agency interacts, cooperates and competes with superpowers in the multipolar global system from…

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Tobago Tourism Agency dismisses claims of plagiarism


The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited has denied that it plagiarised the tourism campaign of another Caribbean destination.

The TTA’s denial follows similarities highlighted following the release of images and slogans from British territory Anguilla’s destination launch last weekend. The Caribbean island’s slogan is ‘Beyond Extraordinary’. 

Responding to concerns in the public domain regarding the close likeness in campaigns, the Agency’s Chief Executive Officer Louis Lewis at a press conference on Monday sought to clarify what transpired.

Speaking at the Agency’s head office in Scarborough yesterday, Lewis outlined the process of developing Tobago’s current brand strategy.

The process, he said, began last November with local and international stakeholder consultations, which…

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WERE: African ‘agency’ crucial as foreigners court continent


Ideas & Debate

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) with African government leaders including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta as they attend the Forum On China-Africa Co-operation – Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. PHOTO | AFP 

A few weeks ago I attended a seminar organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on African agency in the context of Sino-African relations. What became clear over the course of the conversation is that African agency is important in any relationship the continent has with others.

‘African agency’ partly drawn from the paper by SAIIA, can be defined as Africa’s ability to make independent decisions, strengthen its bargaining…

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US development agency should take a lead in Africa


African private equity funds continue to struggle to raise capital compared with their global peers, despite operating in an unrivalled market of untapped and underserved opportunities. African PE raised only $1bn in 2017, less than 0.2 per cent of the $453bn total raised globally. In comparison, China and India, both with similar populations to Africa, accounted for roughly 14 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively.

With the passage of the Build Act and establishment of the US International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC), the US has a unique opportunity to lead development finance institutions (DFIs) in streamlining the fundraising process to provide increased, broader capital to African markets, helping African businesses and diversifying US portfolios.

DFIs have long played a…

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UN agency urges African countries to sign the Luxembourg Protocol – New Business Ethiopia


Railways are the key to open and free trade across Africa and their development is critical to the continent’s sustainable development agenda, Soteri Gatera, Chief of Industrialisation and Infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

In a presentation at PIDA Week 2018 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Mr. Soteri said Africa badly needs an integrated railway network, especially as its roads cannot contain the growing strain from trucks transporting goods across the continent.

“Lack of integrated African rail networks is holding back African growth and intra-continental trade,” he said, adding moving passengers and freight onto high speed rail networks was vital for environmental, social and economic reasons.

Doing this requires billions of dollars in investment infrastructure…

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UN agency assists Central American caravan migrants, voices concern for receiving countries


The first caravan of Central American migrants reached the town of Matías Romero in Oaxaca state on November 1, 2018. The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs estimates that 4,000 people spent the night there. IOM / Rafael Rodríguez

GENEVA, Switzerland — The United Nations Migration Agency, IOM, is providing support and assistance to migrants on caravans crossing Central America, while expressing concern over “the stress and demands” they are placing on host countries.

In the Siglo XXI Migratory Station of Tapachula, Mexico, IOM and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs are supplying food and basic hygiene kits to over 1,500 migrants seeking asylum in Mexico.

IOM said on Friday that, after walking some 850 kilometres from Honduras, exhaustion and the challenges…

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